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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 8, 2014

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander won the Republican bid over Tea Party challenger Rep. Joe Carr and five other Republicans in last night’s primary race for U.S Senate. Alexander will face Democrat Gordon Ball in the Nov. 4 general election. In the highly contested District 3 race, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann garnered 50.8 percent of the vote against venture capitalist Weston Wamp. Mary Headrick won the Democrat bid, Roll Call reports. In the 4th congressional district race between Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Sen. Jim Tracy, the Washington Post reports DesJarlais beat Tracy by a slim 35-vote margin. Tracy spokeswoman Stephanie Jarnigan said he would not decide whether to concede the race until results are finalized, a process that could take a few weeks, according to the Tennessean. Secretary of State Tre Hargett and coordinator of elections Mark Goins said today that they are asking election commissions in the 16-county district to move up meetings to certify the results of the race — the first step toward making the results official. Candidates have five days after certification to file challenges, which would be taken up next by the Tennessee Republican Party. That could push any recount process into September. Visit GoVoteTN for more congressional district results.